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NIHILISTICS- selftitled LP (Braineater Records, USA, 1983)

This post is in honor of Big Daddy Mike, former bassist of the NIHILISTICS. He’s currently in a coma and apparently terminally ill, but he’s still hanging in. I also would like to send my respect to Ron Rancid, who’s a helluva guy.

Without a doubt one of the the greatest moments in the history of Hardcore is the first LP by the NIHILISTICS. Of an absurd brutality and hermetic consequence, this is nothing but canned aggression, desperation and, as paradox as this may seem at first, a desire for a better life. The energy level never falls and the highly dynamic production makes this album of a timeless quality. The LP starts with an explosion – “Appreciation” is an attack on the senses and how it goes into “Death and Taxes” is just perfect. That’s what I love about it: It’s clear, it’s straight, yet it’s distorted, disharmonic and following a vision that is genuine and original. The chaotic bass playing, the little details the guitarist Chris is throwing in, the hectic drumming and Ron’s in-your-fucking-face singing: I will never understand why this band has never gotten more recognition.
People often criticize the obviously staged photos on the back of the album, the over the top nihilism in the lyrics, calling it “not authentic”. When you get hit by a truck, that’s authentic. When you can make your music sound like that truck and your listeners feel like being hit – it’s art. That’s the maximum you get.

On a side note, it makes me really happy to see Ron and the Nihilistics have not taken offense at me for making a bit of fun on their plagiarism on the second LP. Here and here. Here’s the first 7“. Good to see the world is not entirely douchebag-infested.

There’s a remastered CD re-release, I don’t know if you can still get it from the band. “Mad at the World Records” had a vinyl re-release of this in the early 2000s, but that seems to be out of print. The quality of the original Braineater Records makes this worth tracking down: Audiophile vinyl and a great booklet – and the next release on this label was no other than my favorite WIPERS album, “Over the Edge”.

Again, in honor of Big Daddy Mike and Ron, here’s a full vinyl rip of the LP. The folder includes rather rough scans of the booklet.

 

11 Comments

  1. rodx

    Ultimate quality as always!Thanks!!,Couple of weeks ago i saw a vid of these guys playing,i think it was from 2010,i’ve seen some reunion shows from hardcore bands,it’s always the same mixed feelings,im going to see D.R.I in october,i have so much adrenaline running cause its the first time i’ll see them,hope they deliver.

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    Posted on 14-Oct-11 at 23:29 | Permalink
  2. lucas

    so great. monster lp!!! the agression is just WOW.

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    Posted on 15-Oct-11 at 11:24 | Permalink
  3. John le Dong

    I must say this is the first time I hear this LP. But it’s very good. I hope Mike gets better soon. It’s weird to see all the people in Punk my age disappeering.

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    Admin Reply:

    Indeed, a lot of familiar names have gone the past years. We’re getting old.

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    Posted on 15-Oct-11 at 11:26 | Permalink
  4. fuck you fuck you fu

    makes EVERY post 83 lp sound like gospel.

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    Posted on 15-Oct-11 at 12:54 | Permalink
  5. Tim

    Love this record.

    Regarding Ron Rancid, wasn’t he behind all the crazy rants (fake Dutch, etc.) in the comments to the Nihilistics 7 inch and “punk rock scam” posts?

    Regarding the Wipers’ superb “Over the Edge,” pretty sure the Braineater pressing was unauthorized (and also not the first pressing, which I believe was on Greg Sage’s Trap label).

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    Admin Reply:

    No idea who it was with those comments.

    As or the Wipers LP: I believe the Braineater press is the original. Never seen a Trap press of this. Do you have one?

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    Tim Reply:

    No, I have the same braineater pressing you do. The info about the Trap press, and the braineater being unauthorized, comes from the excellent Discourage Records here in Portland. Flex also says there was a first Trap pressing, for what it’s worth.

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    Admin Reply:

    http://www.discogs.com/Wipers-Over-The-Edge/release/1102556

    According to this entry, the Braineater pressing is the authorized press. Disvogs has no Trap pressing info and as I said, I never saw one. Would be interesting to know if somebody actually owns one.

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    Tim Reply:

    Never mind. I’m an idiot. Pulled out my copy and it says Braineater licensed by Trap. It is the Psycho press of Is This Real that is unauthorized. Sorry for the dumb ass comment. Thanks for the Nihilistics tips though!

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    Tim Reply:

    Rips not tips

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    Posted on 16-Oct-11 at 20:23 | Permalink
  6. Mort DieBold

    It is with great sorrow and deep regret, that we the Nihilistics officially announce the passing of our friend, brother and band mate, Mike aka “Big Daddy Bass”.
    Mike both a founding member of the Nihilistics, and Hardcore Punk Legend, died Monday October 24th 2011 at 3:14 PM New York Time.
    Let this day mark the passing of one of the true pioneers of the Hardcore Punk Rock genre and the New York Punk Scene.
    Mike will be at repose commencing on Wednesday October 26th, at the Noce Funeral Home, 189 Route 109, West Babylon, New York 11704.
    His Funeral and Burial will take place Thursday October 27th.
    Donations to the “Big Daddy Bass” Memorial Fund may be made through Paypal at visionaryrecordz@aol.com.
    Press inquires may also be made at visionaryrecordz@aol.com.

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    Admin Reply:

    my sincere condolences.

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    jeannine nicolosi Reply:

    ron where are these donations going to hon just a question just curious because hes my husband i’m sure you have good intensions for michael vincent nicolosi and his family.let me know.

    thanks so much,
    mrs. jeannine nicolosi

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    Posted on 25-Oct-11 at 10:44 | Permalink
  7. Tomasso

    what i like (but probably never appreciated enough, because i never put too much thought into it) about the nihilistics is just the staged quality that erich is talking about. if you listen to the music it really is basic hardcore with all the right ingredients: buzzsaw guitar? check. distorted bass? check. whirlwind drumming? check. but at the same time the nihilistics don’t sound anything like all the other trailblazing bands of the same time. they don’t really have a political or social agenda, it’s more of an artistic urgency that comes through: mongo music on purpose. to me they actually resemble an action happening channeled into an aural concept (although there’s also a visual concept there), an extreme form of theatre by way of one-chord-aggression.

    as i write this i have heard of mike’s passing. fuck. shit. piss.

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    Admin Reply:

    The urgency is overwhelming. however they managed to do that, it it is what separates good bad music from bad bad music.

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    Posted on 25-Oct-11 at 12:50 | Permalink
  8. nyhc guy

    RIP Big Daddy! saw the n. many times with the original lineup. mike and ron : great guys.

    respect to this blog.

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    Posted on 25-Oct-11 at 16:23 | Permalink
  9. Mike will always be remembered for his prolific song writing ability and his extremely sharp wit. His ability to play with words bordered on genius sending us into severe fits of laughter. Mike played bass with a unique ferocity that will never be duplicated. On stage, his presence was unmistakable – he kicked ass. He will be missed.

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    Posted on 27-Oct-11 at 22:00 | Permalink
  10. howardx

    found this

    Nihilistics
    Live In New York 1984.

    1.My Creed.
    2.Pal O’ Mine.
    3.Mr. 9 – 5.
    4.Badge Of Shame.
    5.Touch Me.
    6.You’re To Blame.
    7.Low Life.
    8.Working Class.
    9.Death & Taxes.
    10.The Truth.
    11.Combat Stance.
    12.Fate.
    13.Big Fun – Poor Show.
    14.AntiSocial.

    Total Playing Time 40:26

    MP3 320Kbps
    Good Sound Quality

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5CMEPRH5

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    jeannine nicolosi Reply:

    thank you for this rare footage of the band and of course my old man big daddy bass.if you have any more clips original stuff please post hopefully with him animated.

    thanks again,
    big mommy bass………

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    Posted on 13-Dec-11 at 16:06 | Permalink
  11. John Bernhardt

    Mike was a real cool dude. Had some truly great times drinking with him at Spyz, Paris NY & other clubs etc. He’d always greet me with a huge bear hug. Can’t really describe it but we just clicked, kindred spirits I guess. Hadn’t seen him in forever & often wondered how he’d been doing etc. Very sad to hear he no longer walks the earth. RIP brov – HAIL DEATH!

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    Posted on 01-Jun-14 at 06:41 | Permalink

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